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I grew up near the New Jersey shore. Now I live in India. I teach Bhakti Yoga and Bhagavata Philosophy, and I teach and perform kirtan (singing meditation).
I'm vegetarian. I like to travel, meet new people, attend festivals and gatherings, participate in kirtan, and read and research.
At the moment I'm away from India, traveling in the West.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I have found the Couchsurfing community to be a very positive one. I've met many wonderful people in my Couchsurfing experience! It is a wonderful way to build community. Great site.
Traveling, meeting new people, kirtan, reading, researching, attending festivals and gatherings
- meeting new people
- community building
Music, Movies, and Books
MUSIC: Kate Rusby, Alison Krauss, Emmy Lou Harris
BOOKS: The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne
MOVIES: Bread and Tulips
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Spending time in Vrindavan, India. It is an ancient holy place, like the Mecca for Hindus. At certain times of the year, throngs of visitors and pilgrims come to visit the temples and other holy sites there. One temple there -- the Krishna Balaram Mandir in Raman Reti -- is an international temple, with members of its community from all over the world, and has 24-hour kirtan (singing meditation) going on. Really nice vibration at that temple! Very special place, Vrindavan, Very magical. A short journey from Vrindavan is also Govardhan - another very special place. And at Govardhan, there is Radha Kunda. Very special!
Teach, Learn, Share
"Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled." -- Mohammed
"Always be where you want to be."
"Not all those who wander are lost." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"Traveling and meeting new people is the ultimate gift."
"The function of freedom is to free someone else." -- Toni Morrison
"Never go on trips with anyone you don't love." -- Ernest Hemingway
"Do what you love. When you stop being in love with it, reconsider."
"You must do the thing that you think you cannot do." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
"If you work really hard and you are kind, amazing things will happen to you." -- Conan O'Brian
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality, to change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." -- Buckminster Fuller
What I Can Share with Hosts
Once I was a guest at a CS host's home. This particular home was like "CS Central." They had put on their CS page that "There may be several other guests here at the same time as you, with late hours, so you should be Ok with that." And, it was like that. When I arrived the place was full of people. I met and chatted with some of the them in the common room. After that I went to meet the hosts. They were in one of the bedrooms with a few others, talking. They greeted me and welcomed me to sit down and join them. We talked some, and then my host turned to me and said, "Hey, don't you do kirtan? Can we do some?" Kirtan is call and response singing meditation. So, the group of us, maybe 5 or 6, stood up in a circle, held hands, and started singing in kirtan - I would lead, and they would all respond. As the kirtan progressed, a few others came in to the room and joined us. We continued for around 2 hours, from around midnight to around 2 am. We all got into it and had a really good time doing that. Nice experience.
I like hearing people's story, what they're about, what makes them tick.
On many occasions as a guest in a CS host's home the host and myself have gone out for walks together in a park or in the city.
Sometimes I have been a guest at a CS host's home in a city that I had spent time in before, and I knew parts of the city that they didn't know, and I took my hosts and showed them parts of the city they never knew of.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, France, Hong Kong, Thailand
Countries I’ve Lived In
India, Peru, United Kingdom, United States